Updated: Dec 12, 2021
So you may be wondering, if this is her side hustle, what does she really do? I have been working in supply chain roles for over 20 years now (gasp?!). Currently, I manage a distribution center. You may have heard the following things: "boxes in equals boxes out" or "it is as simple as moving the product." Those are both true yet massively oversimplified. Honestly, people make things a lot more complicated most of the time.
I have worked in retail, food, and manufacturing supply chain roles. I have enjoyed most of them and can say that I have learned a lot in all of the jobs that I've held. Those experiences have helped shape who I am today.
I have been managing people throughout most of my career. Over time, those roles have continued to take on more Human Resource responsibilities. Unfortunately, most managers don't get credit for HR functions. However, most businesses have moved towards downsizing HR roles and moving those responsibilities to managers and supervisors.
I have a love-hate relationship with management roles. Managing people can be rewarding on its best days and draining on the worst days. I have come to terms with the fact that I'm not making everyone happy. Some people may never like me, but I always strive to build relationships with everyone.
Other aspects of my day to day include keeping the employees safe, budgeting, project planning, and lots of conference calls. As we near the end of 2021, I will be spending the coming weeks finalizing our plans for 2022. Most days go by pretty quickly, and I feel like I am helping others and supporting customers.
Despite having a moderately successful career, I am struggling with the desire to be self-employed. I spend a lot of time-saving money and working to be efficient for a corporation. If you aren't familiar with supply chain roles, they are considered the cost of doing business. The supply chain does not generate sales or income. Our part is to be as efficient as possible to help the company be profitable.
Long term, I would like to reach a place where I can replace my current income and cost of benefits. That won't be an easy task in the near future. I know millions of people can relate. Covid has changed the work paradigm. People have realized that they can do many things that they used to do from home. Some families have become one-income households; some have started businesses, while others decided they will never return to their former work environment. Working from home isn't an option in my current role.
I know I will get to have more autonomy over my day at some point. It is now just a matter of how I get there.